Question: I am a junior associate in a mid-sized firm. For a variety of reasons, we are suffering an exodus of junior associates. Some juniors do not believe that the firm offers them a future.

Despite this, I am one of the true believers in this firm. I'd like to start a junior associates' committee so that we may address different issues facing us, and possibly solve them. Any guidelines that you may provide?

Answer: I like your positive and take-charge attitude! A junior associates' committee is a wonderful idea and something that should be promoted in every law firm. But I wonder why you would want to limit it to only the junior associates; I'd think there's much the firm can learn from having midlevel and senior associates in the group.

First, however, I would like to know why so many junior associates are leaving in droves and yet you - and obviously others -believe that the firm offers a solid future. Are you sure that you are not just witnessing normal attrition? In the middle or near the end of their second year of practice is the time that many associates look to leave for what they think are greener pastures. Has there been a specific event that triggered this exodus? If not, what appears to you to be an "exodus" may actually be normal attrition.